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Tuscaloosa animal shelter seeking foster families for healthy dogs amid temporary closure due to outbreak

Tuscaloosa’s Metro Animal Shelter announced over the weekend that they will be closing their doors for the next two weeks due to a canine distemper outbreak in the city.

“We are seeking emergency fosters for asymptomatic dogs/pups. Any dog/pup with minor symptoms are being isolated to one side with further treatment of the symptoms while waiting for assistance for testing,” they wrote on Facebook. They’re also asking for volunteers to help walk the healthy dogs while they deep clean the space.

“In order to mitigate the fallout and control the further spread of the virus, we must close for adoptions and the rescue transfer of animals for a minimum of 2 weeks. This will allow us the opportunity to implement deep cleaning protocols and emergency disease management procedures,” they wrote.

The shelter has asked Tuscaloosa animal control to limit the number of stray dogs brought in if not essential, as every new dog increases the risk of infection.

“Effective immediately, we regret to inform the public that adoptions will be temporarily suspended during this period. This precautionary measure is necessary to prevent the further spread of the virus and allow our team to focus on the care and treatment of affected animals. As we work through the process of deep cleaning, we will update the public on how we intend to proceed with cat adoptions,” they wrote.

Adoptions will be suspended as well during the two week period.

If you are in Tuscaloosa and looking to foster, donate, volunteer or are looking for a lost pet, you are advised to call the shelter’s main line at 205-752-9101 or email [email protected].

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP and hear him every weekday morning from 6 to 9 a.m. on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5, available free online.

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